I read this morning, in Jesus’ Sermon in the Mount in Matthew, about eating, drinking, clothing & time. Jesus raises some questions we often think about:
What will I eat? What will I wear? What will I drink? What’s going to happen tomorrow?
These questions seem to be timeless human concerns, regardless of your quantity of income or deficiencies. So it’s interesting that Jesus says not to worry about these issues (food, clothing & time). Instead, He tells us to spend a life in pursuit of Gods kingdom & these concerns will get resolved.
So let’s sharpen our focus on letting Jesus be the supreme authority / Lord in our life. Let’s live in intentional surrender to Jesus’ lordship & trust that He can look after the food, clothing & time concerns that might arise today 🙂
“If I’m smart, I’ll be important.”When I was growing up, I used to think this. Consequently, I thought that college degrees where the golden ticket to being valuable & respected. And then I met some college professors who were nothing short of thoroughly brilliant, but didn’t have much voice nor impact.
Sometimes, I don’t think we stop to think about what we want & when we get our desires, we can be disappointed or unfulfilled. For this reason, we would be wise to pray that God would direct our desires & Help is to walk in truth. Such praying can help us to not pursue futile goals nor disappointing outcomes!
It’s interesting to scroll through various social media platforms & look at the abundant advice about how to be successful. When I read through some of this advice, I always walk away asking, “What is success?”
living a comfortable life, without conflict or drama?
having heaps of money, recognition, achievements or a glam image?
living a balanced life, all things regulated & controlled for maximum mediocrity?
What is success?In Jeremiah 9:23-24 it says,“Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”
So maybe the most simple definition of biblical success is knowing & loving God, as well as loving our neighbor & ourselves.Have an awesome Memorial Day weekend living successfully!
Happy December 1! The beginning of every December, I remind myself that while I’m about to enter an extermely busy season, the whole point of all of these festivities, parties, frenzy & busy-ness is Jesus, full stop. So I want to look for Jesus every day this month:
like the shepherds looking for a newborn in a feeding trough,
like the wisemen looking for a King guided by a heavenly anomaly,
even in all his perversion & tainted motives, like Herod looking for a newborn who would upend the status quo
Jesus said that if we ask we’ll get answers, if we seek we’ll find & if we knock the door will be opened to us. So let’s decide to look for Jesus everyday during this season – let’s streamline our focus with the help of the Holy Spirit to look & watch for Jesus, who is daily with us 🙂
Here’s some honesty: over the last month or two, it seems like my walk w God has been a little stale & has seemed to lack some vibrancy. I haven’t really changed anything – I’m maintaining my daily Bible & prayer routines, etc. But it just seems kind of dull & just black & white. I get having some dry times & seasons but I don’t like them one bit.
So here’s what I’ve been sensing God saying on this: when you like a person, you make extra efforts to be around them & you express more initiative to be w them & to tell them you think they’re cool. If that’s true w our friendships, how true is that w God? Going to the extra effort especially w God, can certainly be worth it!!!
Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21, “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile. NASU
This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today. Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver? There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense. And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”? How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”? I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”.
If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God? Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day 😉